Maria Callas

Maria Callas

Maria Callas was born in New York on 2nd December, 1923, and died in Paris on 16 September, 1977. She was a top soprano and internationally known performer of opera and lyric theater.

On April 2nd, 1939, Maria Callas performs her stage debut as "Santouza" in a school show of "Cavaleria Rousticana" by Pietro Mascagni at the Conservatory of Athens.

Her acquaintance with the art director of the Arena of Verona, Giovanni Genatello, led her to Italy. There, on 3 August, 1947, she had her first appearance in the Arena of Verona with "Joconda" by Amilkare Ponchielli.

During the same time she performed "Izolde" of the "Tristan and Izolde" in Venice under the leading of conductor, Tulio Serafin.

During that period her acquaintance with the Italian industrialist and music lover, Giovanni Batista Meneggini, led them to marriage on 21 April, 1949.

During her enormous career she performed in the greatest operas of the world, while in 1969, she cooperated with Pier Paolo Pazolini in "Medea" by Euripides.